FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Track & field leads after first day of the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships
The JU track & field team has gotten off to a fast start as they posted five conference records to take the top spot after the first day of the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins had an athlete finish first in five of the seven events today to record 59 points for first place in the team standings, but JU only leads Kennesaw State by a slim margin after the Owls posted 55 points in the first day of action.

“This was a total team effort today,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Kennesaw State is having an amazing meet as well and it has taken all of our great performances just to keep us ahead of them. Tomorrow will be another tough battle to stay ahead of them and the rest of the teams.

“Coming into the week, we had each athlete on our team visualize having the perfect meet and they have really taken that to heart. We have a whole set of athletes that haven’t competed yet and hopefully they will be motivated by their teammates performances to today to get the standards high.”

The Dolphins had all of their runners who ran in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries qualify for the finals on Saturday.

Senior Natasha Harvey paced the group with a conference record time of 8.55 to take first place. Freshman Stacey Young ran a time of 8.90 for third place, while sophomore J’Zotta Rolle placed fourth with a time of 9.16. Junior Tiffany Bromfield ran time of 9.16 (sixth) to round out the group.

Harvey also finished first in the long jump with a conference record setting leap of 21’8” (6.60m), while junior Ronnisha Hall had a new conference record throw of 45’10.75” (13.99m) in the shot put to take first place.

Juniors Ali Ritter and Alyssa Deal along with sophomore Stephanie Brown and freshman Amalia Vogler combined to win the Distance Medley Relay with a new conference mark of 12:03.73.

In the 3,000-meter run, junior Elsabeth Goshu finished a fourth place finish with a time of 10:22.97, while freshman Kelli Midden ran a 10:44.90 to finish 10th in the same event.

Earlier in the day, Bromfield won the pentathlon with a conference record 3,437 points, while Young finished second with 3,325 points.

Bromfield won the pentathlon by finishing first in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 8.99, winning the high jump with new school record leap of 5’4.25” (1.63m) and tossing a 39’03.25” (11.97m) to place first in the shot put. She also tied for first with Young in the long jump 16’8.5” (5.09m), while finishing second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:45.57 to round her the session.

Young won the 800-meter hurdles with a time of 2:35.01 before finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.08), high jump (5’3.25”(1.60m)) and shot put (30’04.75” (9.26m)).

The Dolphins will look to win their fourth consecutive title on Saturday in the final day of the A-Sun Championships. The meet will resume at 8:30 am and fans can continue to follow along during the meet with live results on http://www.cfpitiming.com or by clicking the link at the top of the page.